Wednesday, October 9, 2013
After watching a very colorful sunset the previous evening and having a great night camping under the stars along the Lockhart Basin Road, I woke up shortly before sunrise so I could watch a beautiful sunrise over Hatch Point. It’s hard for me to decide if this sunrise was better than the sunset the night before since they were both outstanding!
The magenta light reflecting off of the clouds above was very intense.
I couldn’t have asked for a better scene to wake up to than this!
Junction Butte lit up across the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park.
A wide panoramic image of the Island in the Sky catching the first light of the day. Click on the image for a larger version on Flickr.
Light strikes the top of the UN Tablet and Hatch Point near the Canyonlands Overlook. I spent a great night camped up there in the spring.
Soon some of the clouds turned from magenta to gold.
Ready to leave camp and finish the drive to Moab.
It was a beautiful morning! 🙂
As I approached the end of the Lockhart Basin trail, I knew I would be driving through the roughest section. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it wasn’t too difficult. I just wish my swaybar disconnect were working, because that would have helped a little bit in a few sections.
This was one of the more difficult sections which probably wouldn’t have given me any trouble had I managed to stay on the large rock on the left as I came down. Instead, I turned too soon and managed to land on my rock rail…but that’s why it’s there 😉
When I reached the intersection at the end of the trail, I decided to take the Chicken Corners trail out to the overlook at the end, since it has been a few years since I’ve been out here.
Great views over Meander Canyon of the Colorado River.
Dead Horse Point on the other side.
At the end of the road I hiked out to this corner, but didn’t go any further…it was a bit narrow.
On my way back to town I drove over Hurrah Pass and was treated to this view of Kane Creek Canyon.
When I reached Moab I drove up to the Sand Flats Recreation Area so I could find a campsite close to town for the rest of the week. I managed to find a nice campsite, setup camp and then drove back down to town for some lunch. After lunch I went out to the Behind the Rock area so I could visit a viewpoint I’ve seen labeled on my maps for years but had never been to.
The overlook was labeled ‘Highly Desirable Viewpoint’ on the map, and I’d say it’s a pretty nice one. I might need to catch a sunset up here sometime.
On my way back from the viewpoint something darted across the road about 100 yards in front of me. At first I assumed it was a coyote, but then it crossed the road again and I could tell it was running more like a cat. I drove a little further to where it had crossed the road and stopped to see if I could find it. I thought it would be long gone, but was surprised to find this bobcat staring back at me. This is the first time I’ve seen one in the wild, and I even had time to switch cameras so I could use my long lens for this shot.
Then it sat down and kept watching me. I watched it for a while, but eventually I got tired of watching and decided to keep moving. When my Jeep started moving the cat took off into the desert.
After making it back to the highway I went over to location I’ve wanted to photograph for a while. I’ve driven by this spot dozens of times and noticed there was a nice view of the La Sal Mountains from here that I’ve never seen photos of.
View of the highway below as I climbed to a spot with a better view.
Just my luck, the La Sal Mountains were in the spotlight this evening!